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Andrews transfers to USC

| Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sophomore midfielder Morgan Andrews has transferred from Notre Dame to USC, the Trojans announced Thursday, leaving the Irish without their top point-scorer from the last two years.

Irish coach Theresa Romagnolo had no comment on the move, a team spokesman said.

“We are excited to get such an extremely talented player to add to our roster,” USC coach Keidane McAlpine said in a press release. “Through this process, I have been equally as impressed with [Andrews] as a person. This is a win for the Trojans, but also a win for the Pac-12.”

Andrews, who was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2013 and earned all-ACC honors in both 2013 and 2014, had 13 career goals for the Irish to go along with 10 assists. She started all 44 games in which Notre Dame played and led the team in shots each year as well.

Andrews came to Notre Dame as a two-time Gatorade National Soccer Player of the Year and was recruited by former Irish coach Randy Waldrum. After her freshman season, Waldrum resigned in order to take over the Houston Dash of the NWSL, and Romagnolo came aboard to lead the Irish. In both of her seasons, Andrews and Notre Dame advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament before being eliminated.

USC is coming off its first winning season since 2010. In McAlpine’s first season, the Trojans recorded a mark of 12-6-3 and qualified for the NCAA tournament before losing in the first round to Pepperdine. Notre Dame and USC faced off once in 2014, with the Trojans coming out on top, 2-1, Aug. 31.

Unless she is granted a waiver by the NCAA, Andrews will have to sit out for a full academic year before she can play for USC.

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